Two men were arrested Sunday morning: one for burglary and the other for running a shot house.
According to Covington Police Detective Daniel Seals, officers were called to the First Choice gas station on Ga. Highway 142 at around 3 a.m. after someone drove their vehicle through the store and reportedly stole some beer.
Then, at approximately 5 a.m., officers were called to the Shell gas station on Washington Street and Flat Shoals Road where they found that a vehicle had crashed into the adjoining liquor store – stealing a quantity of liquor.
As officers began canvassing the area they reportedly located a vehicle parked on Lunsford Circle covered in glass and with damages consistent with what officers believed was running a vehicle through the stores. After viewing surveillance videos of the gas stations, investigators found that the vehicle appeared to be the same one seen crashing into both stores.
While in the area, investigators noticed a man, later identified as 45-year-old Oliver Alonzo Shepherd walking down the street, the vehicle was registered to Shepherd and inside of the vehicle officers reportedly found three liquor bottles.
A fourth bottle was found inside a residence on Lunsford Circle where detectives located 71-year-old Aubray James Tinsley. The elderly man allegedly admitted to running a shot house – an illegal business where shots of alcohol can be purchases – out of his home.
“This guy was flat-out running a business,” said Seals. “A regular and very profitable business and we went in there and shut that business down.”
Both men were arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center. Shepherd was charged with two counts of burglary and Tinsley was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday, false statements and sale of untaxed alcohol.
According to Seals, all the alcohol was recovered from Tinsley’s home.